Service Learning
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Create an Impact by Serving the Community

Service learning is an integral part of your Mount Mary University education and the university’s mission. Through service learning, you will --

  • learn about civic responsibility
  • interact with diverse people
  • develop compassion and interpersonal skills
  • develop leadership skills
  • help others
  • apply what you learn in the classroom to real-life situations in the community

Service learning opportunities can inspire you to not only to volunteer in the community, but to explore social issues and solutions.

At Mount Mary, service learning opportunities are incorporated throughout the curriculum, beginning your freshman year with the Leadership for Social Justice Seminar. Many other courses, as well as study abroad experiences, incorporate service learning into the curriculum.

Leadership for Social Justice Seminar

All undergraduate students are required to take the Leadership for Social Justice Seminar. During the Leadership for Social Justice Seminar, you will be challenged to:

  • identify opportunities for developing leadership skills in your service learning experience—risk-taking, problem-solving, dealing with conflict and collaborating with others—and analyze how you respond in situations and how your leadership skills have been or can be developed.
  • participate in a minimum of 10 hours of approved service learning activities outside of class.
  • identify assumptions you bring to your service learning project, recount your perceptions, describe any changes as you complete your service and share what you’ve learned via class discussions and writing assignments.
  • become aware of social inequities and injustices and make connections between what you observe and what you are learning about through assigned readings, videos and class discussions.

Get more information

Contact the Director of Service Learning, Amanda Ritchey, at ritcheya@mtmary.edu (414) 258-4810, ext. 265. You also can stop by the Student Success Center in the Haggerty Library for more information.